As of Saturday 21 March, five dedicated community-based assessment centres (CBACs) for COVID-19 testing are operating in Auckland.
CBACs are designed to take the pressure off GP clinics and emergency departments and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spread.
It’s important to note that these centres will not be open to the general public. You need to be referred there by a GP or Healthline (freephone 0800 538 5453). They will refer you for testing if you have had recent overseas travel, or contact with a person who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, AND you have any of these symptoms: a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. If you are a healthcare worker with symptoms you can also be referred.
Please don’t visit a CBAC if you have not been asked to by your GP or by Healthline, this will keep you and others safe.
CBACs will be open seven days from 8am–4pm initially, and hours may be extended depending on demand.
Of Auckland’s first five CBAC clinics, three are operated by Tāmaki Health. These are:
- Airport Oaks Local Doctors
- St Lukes White Cross
- Henderson Specialist Centre
If you need urgent care from St Lukes for a non-COVID-19-related reason, you should visit White Cross Ponsonby instead. Note that White Cross Henderson is seperate from the CBAC and is operating as normal.
If you usually go to Airport Oaks, you should visit Local Doctors Mangere Town Centre instead. The details of these clinics are as follows:
White Cross Ponsonby
202 Ponsonby Road
Hours: 7.30–8pm, 7 days
Mangere Town Centre
10 Waddon Place
Hours: 8am–8pm, 7 days
Once again, if you think you may have come into contact with COVID-19, phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP for advice. Please do not turn up at your GP clinic or a CBAC centre. This is important to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.